The Senate Estimates hearing following the Budget will the last for
quite a while when the government of the day does not control their
conduct. So, as the journal for political players and junkies, it is
our self-appointed duty to run a citizens activism campaign to give our
good Senators our views on the key questions they should be asking at
For instance, a heavyweight in the arts world has suggested these questions for ABC managing director Russell Balding:
- What is the progress on the McGarrity review into the ABC’s
program production resources, and is this internal purchaser provider
model – first introduced by Brian Johns and then institutionalised by
Jonathan Shier – sustainable, and working in practice? Is it a fact
that program producers in the ABC are routinely forced to by-pass this
centralised in-house unit because it is unable to deliver what it
- What on earth is different or worthwhile about ABC 2? Why did ABC
TV boss Sandra Levy want to have nothing to do with it, and why is it
run out of ABC Digital when there is nothing truly digital or
interactive about it, and it only has an annual budget of $2 million.
Is this a joke?
- Has the ABC management or Board reviewed the BBC’s Neil Report on
the aftermath of the Hutton investigation into the Gilligan affair, and
has the ABC determined whether any of the recommendations of this
incredibly sensible review – wholeheatedly endorsed by the BBC
Governors – should be picked up by the ABC?
If you’ve got a good question for the Estimates swansong, send it through to [email protected]. After July, Crikey might be the only forum for a dinky Estimates hearing.